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Life in Franklin County COUNTY BUILDING 140 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938 Tel: 207-778-6614 Fax: 207-778-5899 County seat..... Farmington Square miles.............. 2,000

the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Farmington, the Madrid Village Schoolhouse in Madrid, the Rangeley Public Library, and more. For more listings and addresses, visit the site at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_ Historic_Places_listings_in_Franklin_County,_Maine/. Another source of information about Franklin County includes the Western Mountains A lliance whose motto is, "Helping people shape the future of western Maine." The organization "advocates for change by promoting innovative and cooperative ways of solving problems, and partnering with dozens of other organizations to implement vital education, business, finance, env ironment, communit y development, public policy and health-related projects spanning the region." Recently, the WMA site offered a free, downloadable PDF of "Mabel's Book," which lists information about local farms and farm markets. For more information, v isit t he W M A site at http://w w w. westernmountainsalliance.org/.

Franklin County facts Franklin County, incorporated in 1838, is in western Maine, bordering Canada and serving as an economic gateway for U.S. and Canadian businesses. Historically, the area was known for its dairy farms, lumbering, canning, woolen mills, and shoe manufacturing industries. Towns in Franklin County include Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Chesterville, Coplin Plt., Dallas Plt., Eustis, Farmington, Industry, Jay, Kingfield, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Phillips, Rangeley, Rangeley Plt., Sandy River Plt., Strong, Temple, Weld and Wilton.

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homes to rural homesteads with remarkable views. There is a wide diversity of local employers, so whether your niche is in health care, education, financial services or manufacturing, an opportunity awaits you. Educational opportunities, from preschool to post-secondary levels, are first class. Recent additions The Fra nk lin Count y Cha mber of Commerce website is a to walking trails have given residents and visitors the chance to great place to start looking for information about the county’s see the western mountains on a level like never before. It’s easier communities, economy, government, education, sports, and than ever to ‘leave it all behind’ and experience nature at it’s finest. recreation. Currently, its calendar of events shows listings for the The art’s community in Franklin County is best described as annual Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival, the Western ‘breathtaking.’ Throughout the year, art walks are held in Rangeley, Maine Storytelling Guild event, LEAP’s annual Golf Tournament, Kingfield and Farmington. The recent addition of the Emery Arts and the area’s annual Car and Bike Show. The “Live and Work” Community Center to the local college campus has provided section of the site has quick links to information on local real estate, additional opportunities for artisans to share their work with employment, government, education, banking, public utilities, the region.” Learn more about the area by visiting http://www. franklincountymaine.org/. health care, religious organizations, and more. The introduction notes that, “The area provides an ideal mix of residential offerings, from modern rentals to in-town historic

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M idd le Ra nge a nd L ower Ra nge Pond s of Pola nd – 26 Western Avenue all of which are havens for South Paris, ME 04281 boating, swimming, fishing, Tel: 743-6359 ice skat i ng, cross cou nt r y Fax: 743-1545 sk i i ng, snow mobi l i ng a nd more ! Strea ked, Singepole, T h e Na t i o n a l R e g i s t e r o f a n d H a w k m o u n t a i n s , County seat .... South Paris H i stor ic Plac e s l i st i ng s i n a mong ot hers, a re h i k i ng Oxford County, Maine includes t rek s w it h v i st a v ie w s of Square miles............... 2,078 the Center Meeting House and M o u n t Wa s h i n g t o n a n d Common in Ox ford, Deering t h e P r e s i d e n t i a l R a n g e . Memoria l United Met hodist A d d i t i o n a l l y, N o r w a y ' s Oxford County, incorporated in Church in Paris, Lovejoy Bridge O rd w a y Gr ov e a nd Pa r i s 1805, is located on the western in Sout h A ndover, Rumford Cor nwa l l Nat u re Preser ve edge of Ma i ne a nd borders Point Congregational Church prov ide over 150 acres of New Hampshire. South Paris in Rumford, Sturtevant Ha ll land for public use." For more is the county seat. The towns i n Hebron, a nd more. V isit i n for m at ion, c ont ac t t he of this region are mostly small http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ O x ford H i l ls C ha mber by and rural. This mountainous National_Register_of_Historic_ phone at 743-2281, or email region prov ides four season Plac e s _ l i st i ngs _ i n _O x ford _ info@oxfordhillsmaine.com. recreation opportunities and C o u n t y, _ M a i n e f o r m o r e boasts some of the state’s best listings. Oxford County facts skiing, hiking, and snowmobile trails. Municipalities in Oxford The Oxford Hills Chamber of Population, 2011 estimate County include Andover, Bethel, Commerce describes the area Maine Brownfield, Buckfield, Byron, as having "more than 10 lakes Oxford Ca nton, Denma rk, Di x f ield, a nd ponds, i nclud i ng L a ke 57,695 1,328,188 Fryeburg, Gilead, Greenwood, Pennesseewassee of Nor way, Cr ysta l La ke and Long La ke Ha nover, Ha r t ford, Hebron, Source: U.S. Census Hira m, Lincoln Plt., Lovel l, of Ha r r ison, Sout h Pond of M a g a l l o w a y P l t ., M e x i c o, Buckfield, and Upper Range, Ne w r y, Nor w a y, O t i s f ie ld , Ox ford, Pa r is, Per u, Por ter, Roxbury, Rumford, Stoneham, Stow, Sumner, Sweden, Upton, Water ford, West Pa r is, a nd Woodstock.

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Blue mountains are backdrop to the lovely Bethel area When it comes to mountains, Vermont has the Greens, New Hampshire has the Whites, and Maine has the Blues. The Blues, better known as the Longfellow Range after Maine's most famous poet, extend northeast from Bethel to the 5,268-foot Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The section of the Blues from the Androscoggin River to the Bear River in Grafton Notch is called the Mahoosucs, likely an anglicized Abenaki term for "land that is hard to hunt in" or "abode of hungry animals." Some h istor ia ns bel ieve the term means pinnacle or mountain peak. Since the 1870s, travelers have visited the Bethel area to hike the peaks and neighboring foothills, breathe the clean mountain air, spark their creative spirits, and cure their blues. Not to be overshadowed by the more publicized and wellknown Presidential Range and W hite Mountains, the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to visitors of

all ages and abilities to hike, walk, and backpack the variety of trails found in the western Maine region. There are over two dozen day hikes in the area including the Mt. Will Trail, Step Falls Nature Preserve, Table Rock Trail, and Wright Trail leading up Goose Eye Mountain. The Grafton Loop Trail provides a three-night backpacking trip for the adventuresome. In town, the Bethel Pathway along the Androscoggin River, Paradise Road, and self-guided walking tours of t he tow n's historic d ist r ic t sat isf y t he c a sua l, exercise walker.

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Step Fa l l s nea r Gr a f ton Notch was t he Nature Conser va nc y's f irst preser ve in Maine. The 24-acre preser ve trail follows Wright Brook, a braided stream of steeply cascading pools dropping over 250 feet – making this one of Ma i ne's h ig hest water fa l ls. This is an ideal hike for nature photographers. The Mt. Will Trail, developed by the Bethel Con ser v at ion Com m i ssion, climbs 730 feet through the Bethel Town Forest.

The North Ledges Section is highlighted by a descriptive nat u re t ra i l, fol lowed by a Rebuilt Table Rock Trail is a h i ke to sout h-facing ledges favor ite w it h fa m i l ies. T he t h a t a f f o r d v i e w s o f t h e 2 .4 -m i le lo op f ol low s t he Androscoggin valley and Bethel Appalachian Trail's white blaze village. The final rocky descent to the blue-blazed trail. It rises completes the 3.25-mile loop. gradually to a height of 900 feet above the trail head. (You may The Wright Trail is a full-day's also take a right on the orange- loop hike up to the 3,860-foot blazed trail to ascend steeply. summit of Goose Eye Mountain. Chi ldren prefer t his. Minor This trail is part of the Maine caves and clambering are fun.) Bureau of Parks and Lands' From aptly named "Table Rock," Mahoosuc Unit. the v ista includes 4,180-foot

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For its hiking visitors, Bethel offers a variety of lodging from restored bed and breakfasts, historic inns, to resorts with s w i m m i ng p o ol s a nd gol f courses, as well as motels and campgrounds. Di n i ng opt ions ra nge f rom a h a l f- doz en pi z z a pl ac e s t o C h i ne s e, Kor e a n, BBQ, veget a r ia n, E ng l i sh pub, microbrewery, and fine dining. Day hikers can pick up a pack lunch at the local supermarket or specialty-food stores. There is an outdoor outfitter in town for those in need of hiking, back pack i ng, a nd ca mpi ng gear. The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce office has trails maps for day hikes in the area a nd t he st a f f w i l l prov ide direction to the trail heads. For information on walking, h i k i n g , a nd b a c k p a c k i n g , contact t he Bet hel A rea C h a mb er of C om merc e at 1-800-442-5826 or on line at www.bethelmaine.com.

The Wilton Fish & Game Club, on Rt. 2, with The Rimfire and Firing Pins Competition Youth League, are holding their annual open house on Saturday, August 4th during the Wilton Blueberry Festival. Events will be starting at 9 a.m. with Emily MacCabe from the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. who will be offering Basic Compound Bow Instruction for all ages. All equipment will be provided. This is a good opportunity for everyone to become familiar with the sport of archery. The WF&G has recently purchased an additional 12 acres of abutting land which will be used for archery. Instruction will end at noon and will follow with trap shooting under the instruction of Charlie Tappan. Please bring your own ammo. Ear and eye protection required. The shooting gallery and gatling gun will be offered again this year from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This is an annual fundraiser for the Rimfire and Firing Pins Youth Competition League. Test your shooting skills and come join in the fun. A $50 prize for the high scorer in each category of the Shooting Gallery, Gatling Gun, and Trap

Shooting will be offered. Hot dog and hamburger lunch will be provided by the youth league. Funds earned by the youth will be used for equipment. Look in town for the WF & G table during the festival days by Food City. A raffle is being held with some terrific prizes. 1st Grand prize: Youth Bow Package donated in memory of Richard A. Rowe by Jeff Rowe and family. 2nd Prize: Ruger Rif le, All American .270 Winchester , bolt action , sponsored by Audette’s Hardware in Wint hrop. 3rd prize: Salmon Fishing Trip on Rangeley Lake with Wilton resident Bruce Dyke. One-day, twoperson trip for the spring season 2013. All equipment provided. WF & G appreciates the support of local businesses and would like to remind residents to show their support by shopping local. New memberships are always welcome a nd forms w ill be available at the club house and at the raffle table downtown. For more information, call Phil at 897-4305 or 897-3027.

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Western Maine offers cultural attractions for everyone ANDOVER: The 32nd annual Andover Olde Home Day takes place Saturday, August 4. At 10 a.m., the annual parade will move up Main Street from the Transfer Station Road. The theme this year is “Telstar Satellite Celebrating 50 Years — The Sky’s the Limit.” Float prizes are will be given. Special buttons and T-shirts will be available for sale. Old Home Days is a celebration of Andover’s history. It began in 1980 and has evolved into a four-day event. A band concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, on the Andover Common. Activities on Saturday, Aug. 4, start at 8 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts at the First Congregational Church Christian Education Building, where a quilt show will also be held in memory of well-known area quilter Joyce Frazier. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Western Maine Street Rods will display their classic and antique cars at Akers Field. The Ellis River Riders will also hold activities on Saturday and Sunday at their facility off Airport Road. Throughout the day there will be many activities on the Common, at the Historical Building, Town Hall, the fire station and along Main Street. These include children’s games, a pie-eating contest, chicken barbecue, lawn-tractor races at Grimaldi Field, arm wrestling and a skillet-throwing contest. The librar y will feature a book sale and the Pennacook art show, displaying the works of former Andover resident Christie

Mulvaney. Capping the day, Rumford rock band Monsta will perform live for dancing at the fire station. BETHEL: HarvestFest, Saturday, September 15, 2012. This event is a celebration of the harvest and beginning of the foliage season in New England. It is always held the third Saturday in September. More than 50 arts and crafts vendors fill the village common. Music accompanies the event from the gazebo. Free horse-draw n wagon rides are prov ided and there is a chainsaw-carving demonstration going on all day. The Chowdah Cook-off features local restaurants competing for the titles of “best chowdah” and is enormously popular, attracting hundreds of hungry tasters. Several Bethel-area nonprofits also have events that day in locations around the region. Expected attendance 2,500. OXFORD: New gaming destination in the Western Foothills. Oxford Casino opened recently with more than 500 reel and video slot machines and a dozen table games for blackjack, craps, poker and roulette. All guests of the casino and its Oxford Grill restaurant must be 21 or older. The casino is open 24/7 year-round on Route 26 in Oxford. WILTON: The 30th annual Wilton Blueberry Festival takes place August 3-4 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. in many locations throughout

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Year-round in Maine Fall touring with Fido Grafton Notch State Park along Route 26 in North Newry contains and connects to more than 70 miles of rugged hiking trails, and offer less challenging walking trails to waterfalls and scenic overlooks. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Fun on the farm Horse stables in central and western Maine offer guided trail rides through forests and fields that may include a river crossing or a dip in a lake. Teens and grade school-age children are welcome to ride, and basic riding instructions are covered before hitting the trail.

Bald Eagle watching Maine is home to 75 percent of the bald eagle population of New England and New York. The state has more than 500 nesting pairs that produce more than 300 fledglings each spring, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Maine’s ocean, lakes and rivers provide a plentiful amount of the eagle’s favorite food: fish. March and April are the best months to view nesting eagles, while April through June are the best months to spot young eaglets in a nest. See them at these spots during spring, summer or anytime, as many live in Maine year-round. Sebago Lake: Islands in southern Maine’s largest lake are home to nesting eagle pairs that produce eaglets each year. Adjacent Little Sebago Lake also has resident eagles.

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Rangeley Lakes: Mooselookmeguntic Lake and Rangeley Lake are dependable spots for eagle sightings.

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Douglas Mountain Preserve near Sebago Lake has three trails that offer an easy round-trip walk of one to two miles to a scenic mountain top. Take off the snowshoes at the summit to climb the rectangular stone tower which has a map at the top identifying the surrounding mountains and bodies of water.

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the McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival held in South Paris in May is a 4-day celebration with wa l k s t h roug h t he Ga rden, demonstrations, food and lilac items for sale.

There are many unique, themed museums in the area, including the Bryant Pond Telephone Western Maine entices with its Museum, the Nordica Homequality of life amenities found stead Museum in Farmington, in the region's rugged, natural the Stanley Museum in Kingfield beauty, friendly residents, and which is themed around the Stanmany community events that The Kingfield Pops Festival oc- ley steam engine, the Wilhelm tie everything together. curs in June and is the premier Reich Museum in Rangeley which T he a n nua l Nor t her n New music event of the summer. The focuses on the biological energy England Home, Garden and Great Falls Balloon Festival is work of its namesake, the Acadian Flower Show is held at t he held in August each year on the Heritage Society in Rumford, the Fryeburg Fairgrounds in May and banks of the Androscoggin Riv- Jones Museum of Glass & Cerambrings together home and garden er and parks in the Twin Cities ics in Sebago, the Finnish-Amerpros with the latest in services downtown areas and offers food ican Heritage Society of Maine in a nd products. Sadd leback booths, craft and trade booths, West Paris, and the Wilton Farm Mountain hosts many events entertainment, live music, a and Home Museum. ye a r-rou nd i n add it ion to carnival, demonstrations, conskiing, including a summertime tests, and hot air balloon rides. THEATERS & CINEMAS Bluegrass Festival. The Ossipee Valley Music Festival in Hiram ARTS & MUSEUMS Celebration Barn Theatre, usually has over 30 national South Paris, 743-8452, touring and regional artists The Bethel Art Fair held in July www.celebrationbarn.com performing bluegrass, acoustic, showcases fine art on exhibit Americana and roots music on and for sale; also music, theatri- Deertrees Theater, Harrison cal performances, and food. Vis- 583-6747, multiple stages. it the Bethel Historical Society, www.deertreestheatre.org There's even a fest iva l t hat Moses Mason House Museum, celebrates the moose – Moose while you're in Bethel and learn Lakeside Youth Theater, Ma inea's mont h-long list of about the area's history through Rangeley, 864-5000 activities include Moose River documents and artefacts. Lakewood Theater, Skowhegan, Canoe Race, Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Kid's Fun Day, Famous Other communities with histor- 474-7176, Moose Tales, a Quest Fest, and ical societies that give a glimpse www.lakewoodtheater.org the Chamber of Commerce's into the past include Bridgton, Rangeley Friends of the Arts, Annual Moose Photo Contest. Canton, Dixfield, Farmington, 864-3900, One of the prettiest festivals Harrison, Mexico, Phillips, Par- www.rangeleyarts.com around celebrates the lilac – sonfield-Porter, Dead River Area in Stratton, and Weld.

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Nothing says ‘beautiful Maine winter’ more than Rangeley, Maine The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce celebrates the region's appreciation for outdoor recreation by highlighting the many events that make the town a premiere winter destination. "From ou r f u n-f i l led event schedule to the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities, Rangeley is synonymous with w inter f un," sa id Judy Morton, executive director of the Ra ngeley La kes Cha mber of Commerce. "The quaint New England town is surrounded by a true winter wonderland in the western lakes and mountains of Maine. There's Saddleback, Maine's third-largest ski resort, which is just 10 minutes outside of town, and offers excellent terrain for beginners and advanced skiers. The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, on the Saddleback Access Road, has 55 kilometers of groomed trails set for cross-count r y sk iing and there are over 150 miles of g roomed snow mobi le t ra i ls w it h t ra i lside d in ing, lodging, and services available. The Rangeley area also has many marked trails for snowshoeing including numerous trails provided by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust." Morton added that scenic plane rides over the lakes and mountains are also a popular winter endeavor as well. In addition to outdoor recreation, there are many unique events to enjoy in Rangeley all winter long: The annual Snodeo, a snowmobile celebration, held midJanuar y, is a fun-filled affair with a variety of activities and events scheduled throughout the weekend. The festival begins with the Chili/Chowder

Cook-Off showcasing the area's best restaurants, followed by snow mobile rides and races, a snowmobile stunt show and culminates with a snowmobile parade down Main Street and the popular fireworks display over the lake. The annual New England Pond Hockey Festival takes place in early February and celebrates the time-honored New England tradition of pick-up pond hockey. Over 30 teams compete in several divisions including a women's division. That same weekend Bald Mountain Camps Resort hosts the annual Winter Fly-In and weekend-long events are scheduled. A 3,000-foot runway is plowed on the frozen Mooselookmeguntic Lake in front of the resort, where in 2011, 35 planes and 200 snowmobilers enjoyed a barbeque on the frozen lake. In February, the annual Saddleback Mountain Cha llenge, a seven-mile, 1,800-foot vertical Ra ndonee/Sk i Mounta ineering Race is held with men's and women's divisions. First place winners receive a season pass to Saddleback and all participants can enjoy the Ski Patrol Spaghetti Dinner and celebration in the fireplace room in Saddleback's post-a nd-bea m ba se lodge that evening.

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crafters to clothing to home furnishing and antiques. Morton added that ice skating is readily available courtesy of the Range"Rangeley's many accommoda- ley Skating Club with lighted tions are considered an excel- rinks provided for pleasure and lent value. In fact, Rangeley is hockey, a warming hut, and the one of the top-five best winter free use of skates. vacation rental values in North America, according to TripAdvi- There are over 20 restaurants in sor," said Morton. "During the the area offering many specialFor a fun way to celebrate Valmidweek periods, many of our ties from relaxed cafes to eleentine's Day, Saddleback offers accommodations offer three gant five-course fireside dining. speed dating on the Rangeley nights for the price of two or oth- Entertainment is provided at double chair lift. Skiers and ridRangeley's full events schedule er cost-savings offers. Give us a many facilities in town such as ers have an opportunity to meet can keep visitors busy, but when call at the chamber and we can the new Moose Alley, with famand enjoy the ride up the mounit's time to rest, there's a host of help you find the best lodging ily-style entertainment includtain together. This quirky event ing bowling lanes, an arcade, accommodations to suit any- for your taste and budget." is a great way to meet new friends billiards, and a dance floor. one's taste. There are historic and, if you are already married, inns, lakeside motels, quaint Rangeley's quaint Main Street couples can renew their vows at B & B's, a variety of traditional has many charming shops offer- "There really is an incredible the top of the mountain. sporting camps, slope-side con- ing items from local artists and number of events and outdoor Another popular Rangeley activity is cross-countr y skiing and the annual Rangeley Lakes Loppet, held in March at the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center. Contestants race on a groomed loop for either 25 or 50 kilometers along the base of Saddleback Mountain, through quiet woods and over frozen lakes. A luncheon is provided by area restaurants at the conclusion of this fun-filled event.

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BYRON: The ancient Indian name for Byron was Skillertown. The town was organized on July 6, 1821 as Plantation #8. In 1833 it was voted to become the Town of Byron, named after the poet of the century, Lord Byron. In its early years, Byron was a town of farms scattered among the mountains circling its perimeter. Beginning in the 1850s, timber became the most important industry to the economy. Tracks were laid and the train hauled the timber to the mills. In the early 1900s, growing hops (for making beer) also became important to the economy. Byron is also rich in the history of gold prospecting. Gold was first discovered here in the 1830s. It is found in the Swift River and the

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Education: Schools in the area Franklin County • Academy Hill School 585 Depot Street, Wilton • Cape Cod Hill Elementary, 516 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon • Cascade Brook School 162 Learning Lane, Farmington • Gerald D Cushing School 1 Cushing Drive, Wilton • Jay Elementary School 12 Tiger Drive, Jay • Spruce Mt. High School, North, 33 Community Drive, Jay • Spruce Mt. High School, South, 25 Cedar St., Livermore Falls • Spruce Mt. Middle School 23 Community Drive, Jay

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Falls, Spruce Meadow, Mother Route 120, about two miles east The mountains, lakes, Screw Auger Falls, Walker Falls, Old Speck Moun- of Andover. Grafton Township: farms and fields of tain and Moose Cave. Western Maine serve as North of Newr y on Route 26. Snow Falls, West Paris: Sightseeing, picnicking, and Ellis Falls, Andover: Black Mountain of the perfect backdrop for Picnicking and hiking along Lithiking on its 3,000 acres of varMaine: Not far from Grafton Notch, tle Androscoggin River, as it cuts numerous activities. ied terrain with somewhat limited access to certain areas. Here is a list to help you plan There are several picnic tables, activities in the Oxford Hills, bathrooms and a large parking Rumford and Farmington areas. area. Sights include Screw Auger

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Western Maine made famous in literature By Alison Aloisio Sun Media Wire UPTON — The two houses on t he Rapid River where bestselling author Louise Dickinson Rich lived will be split up by the sale of one and the hoped-for preservation of the other. Rich’s first book, “We Took to the Woods,” was published in 1942 and became a nationa l best-seller. It tells about her life with her husband and children in the wilds of Western Maine — stor ies, of ten f i l led w it h dr y humor, of liv ing of f t he land, bartering and trading for needed items, surviving winters and a hurricane, encountering woodsmen on log drives, and many other experiences.

The book became a regular on the reading list for Maine school classrooms, and Rich went on to write a total of 27 books.

the living-room in the wettest, coldest September rain storm; because there is a wide porch over the river ... ."

Her family split its seasons between the Summer House, a large but poorly insulated home perched on the banks of the Rapid River, and the smaller but warmer Winter House, just a few steps away. Rich wrote in great detail about both the endearing and maddening qualities of each.

For more than 50 years, Aldro French has owned the Rich property, known collectively as Forest Lodge. He restored the two houses from the rundown condition in which he bought them, and they are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For example the Summer House, she said in part, “is big and airy and the walls are too thin for warmth and it sprawls all over the place. I like it because it is on a high bluff over the river, with a view and sun-light and space to spread out in; because it has a huge stone fire-place that will take four-foot logs and really heat

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The house is still f urnished with many things that belonged to t he R iches, a mong t hem Louise’s typewriter and rolltop desk, an old crank telephone, a piano, a cookstove, pots and pans, and family photos. Although that house is for sale, French is a lso pursuing his dream of preserving the Winter House as a museum dedicated to Louise Dickinson Rich.

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“Phase II will be to restore the Winter House and use it as an on-site museum with quarters for a curator/interpreter during the summer. The idea is that Don will work with the Friends of Fore st L odge to suppl y groups and indiv iduals w ith information on ways of reaching the river. “It is also my hope that we will work with Lakewood Camps to include tours of the museum i n t h e i r g u e s t of f e r i n g s .” (Lakewood Camps are located about two miles from Forest Lodge, next to Middle Dam on Lower Richardson Lake.)

French ha s operated t he property for many years as a f ly-fishing lodge, welcoming visitors from all over. He recently put the Summer House on the market and is a sk i ng $1.3 m i l l ion for t he historic home.

Like t he summer home, t he Winter House a lso conta ins many original items from the Rich’s days there, including a wood stove, a brass bed and a wall papered by Louise with c ov e r s f r om t he S at urd a y Evening Post.

his wife, Stephanie, opened last August, on the corner of Routes 17 and 4 in Oquossoc.

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"The cabin, hereafter to be referred to as the Winter House, was the original Forest Lodge, built for a fishing camp. It is a low building with a porch and an ell, set on a knoll with a view up the river to the Pond-in-the-River.” — "We Took to the Woods"

The house is currently under lease to the Friends of Forest L odge nonprof it g roup, to provide a means, at least in the short term, to keep it intact.

working recently to help spruce up the Winter House.

Wight said that while the summer home might be more ideal as a museum, he hopes many of the key belongings will be saved for display in the Winter House or the Rangeley museum.

within sight of the Winter House The summer property is expect— and plans to remain near the ed to be featured in the September issue of Yankee Magazine. river he loves.

Steve Wight of Newry, president of t he F F L , de s c r ibe d t he “But we need a better structure orga n i zat ion’s hope for t he for the long term, in conjunction Winter House: w it h t he Fr iend s,” Frenc h said Saturday. “I hope we can “Currently we are working with preserve it for mankind long Don Palmer and the Rangeley Historical Society to create a after I’m gone.” display of [Rich’s] life in the He has built his own “retirement wonderful Oquossoc Sporting home” — a small but cozy cabin Heritage Museum that Don and

For more on the lodge, go to French’s website at www.rapidriverf lyfishing.com/home.html. For more information on the FFL preservation effort, contact Wight at 890-8356 or swight@ wightent.com. The Friends also have a website at http://www. friendsofforestlodge.org.

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